Contractor fined thousands for roof fall

A Dorset contractor has been fined after an employee fell through the roof of a building.

David Clark was one of the workers employed by Michael Fry to replace a barn roof at a farm in Winfrith, Dorset.

Mr Clark was standing on the roof of a lean-to building when it collapsed beneath him.

He fractured three vertebrae, broke a rib and couldn't work for nearly two months. He has since retrained for a different career.

Yesterday, contractor Mr Fry was charged with exposing workers to serious risk by breaching a Height Regulations Act at Weymouth Magistrates' Court.

He was fined £2,000 and made to pay costs of £9,440.

The incident happened on December 14, 2011 and was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive.

The dangers of working at a height are well known, yet poor safety standards and lack of safeguards still exist among some contractors. Employers have a legal duty to manage safety and failing to do can end in tragedy."

– James Powell, Healthy and Safety Executive

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